My little detective was quite excited when Critical Thinking Detective: Vocabulary from The Critical Thinking Co.™ arrived.
We have used their books and software throughout our homeschooling journey over the years. Kira is a big fan of the Word Roots series and actually chose The Critical Thinking Co.™ logo as one of her study examples within her Graphic Design lessons. Needless to say, Kira was eager to dive in! And she certainly was not disappointed! As this is geared towards 5th through 12th graders, Kira found this one a little easy, albeit time consuming, as her three year old dictionary was missing many of the words provided as choices. Kira gets very annoyed when she has to go look things up. It seems as though she would prefer the world at her fingertips…insert a Google search here, and world at your fingertips provided! I lovingly call this, teenageitus. Bare in mind, Kira is not allowed to use the internet unsupervised. We are a bit strict on this, as I have mentioned previously. No matter how safe or secure you may believe your web browser is, believe me, it is not, and to avoid any further problems within our household, we have opted to ensure Kira’s safety when using the internet. So, if Kira has to look things up, she has to not only get permission but have us watch her do so.
Kira was able to complete one mystery per day with ease. As a supplement, I would believe any student between grades 5 through 12 could easily complete at least two mysteries per week.
They mysteries are set up cleverly, and the illustrations are colorful and eye appealing. The stories and suspects are believable which helps engage the student.
Kira has always loved logic puzzles of any shape or form and found Critical Thinking Detective: Vocabulary from The Critical Thinking Co.™ to be quite fun, although not as challenging for her as she would have liked them to be. Again, bare in mind, she is 14 and had been doing logic puzzles for many years on multiple levels. In her opinion. Critical Thinking Detective: Vocabulary from The Critical Thinking Co.™ would be best suited for children in middle school. Kira was excited to learn many new words that she had never used, heard, or even read before.
If there were one aspect that Kira could change about Critical Thinking Detective: Vocabulary from The Critical Thinking Co.™ it would be this; Kira would like for it to delve more into the vocabulary lessons to affirm and ensure proper comprehension of the vocabulary words and their definitions. We have opted to do this on our own, now that she has completed Critical Thinking Detective: Vocabulary from The Critical Thinking Co.™ , and Kira will be creating a story compromised of each vocabulary word. We did a similar lesson many moons ago when Kira was learning her prepositions to ensure she could memorize them. It certainly did help us a great deal.
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